Have you ever made your own homemade vanilla?
Homemade vanilla extract is so very simple and cost effective! It’s take two minutes to do, and is a great way to ensure you won’t ever run out of vanilla again! Not to mention, you won’t have to settle for imitation vanilla anymore, but can have the real thing! Once you see how easy it it, you own’t believe it!
2-3 whole vanilla beans
Vodka (enough to fill your small bottle)
The trick to good homemade vanilla isn’t in the making, but is in the steeping. For the best flavor, vanilla should steep in for 6-8 weeks before use. Keep this in mind when you are planning to make yours.
Cut your vanilla beans in half long ways, and scrape out the seeds. Place the whole vanilla bean in your bottle. Repeat two or three times, depending on the size of your bottle, and the amount of vanilla beans you need. A good rule of thumb is two vanilla beans to every 4 oz of vodka.
Next add your vodka to your bottle. Fill the bottle, and then close tightly. Place the vanilla in a cool dark place to steep. The first batch is all you need to allow to steep for 6-8 weeks before use. Every time your bottle gets to be about half full, just add more vodka to the bottle.
This recipe makes your vanilla so rich a delicious and will make a noticeable difference in the taste of your foods! This not only is a great way to save on baking products for your own home, but also makes a great gift idea!